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Remembering Mary Tainsh

With great sadness we must share the news that Mary Tainsh passed away on Feb 21, after suffering a long battle with chronic pain. She was well known to many NSHikers having joined as young woman in 1971. She embraced the outdoors and with her partner, Lada, hiked, canoed, backpacked, cycled and skied most of this province in her lifetime. After their son, Ian was born, it wasn't too long before he was eagerly joining them on their adventures.

It was her strong belief in the Club's importance in outdoor recreation, that caused Mary to work very hard, volunteering for many positions on the Executive and taking an active role in many projects in the Club over the years. As trip coordinator, Mary was always researching new hike ideas, like Whyte Lake and Paton Lookout which are now regular trips on the schedule. Nothing seemed to be beyond her enthusiastic participation, an icy lake swim to name one.

As an advocate for the backcountry, Mary was known to fire off letters to “Parks”, or a MP or two whenever she saw the need for improvements in the backcountry.

She will be dearly missed for her sunny disposition and leadership strengths as she mentored many a hiker to become an expert trip leader. Always well prepared with maps, ropes, and a compass dangling from her neck, she was supportive to even the slowest of hikers on her trips. Some of us may have been lucky enough to be on her backpacking trips when after returning to the cars, she would pull cold beers from a cooler for all to enjoy.

Mary loved the beauty and peace of the wilderness. That was where she was truly happy. It was her request that there be no service of remembrance.

The NSH Executive


$75 donated to the Food Bank by NSH

North Shore Hikers along with their family and friends enjoyed a potluck feast while Jill and Anne volunteered to cook turkey and ham making the dinner complete. There was singing of the "12 Days of Xmas" as well as secret door prizes left by Santa that were claimed by 3 lucky members.
A big thank you to Bill who presented a slideshow on "Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies". At the end of the evening, when the cash was counted, a donation of $75 went to the Food Bank. Well done everyone and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Beth Kitts,
Membership Secretary NSH



Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 .

Sunrise Community Hall, 1950 Windermere St., Vancouver.

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend our Annual NSH Xmas Event! Bring your favorite dish, salad, or dessert.

Turkey with the trimmings and ham will be served.  Bring your own beverage and a non-alcoholic punch will be provided.

 Following dinner, Bill Myrtle will thrill us with "C Hike Scrambles--2015 Summer Camp in Banff"

155 Group atop Mt. Cory south summit

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner at 6:30 p.m. promptly.

Slideshow at 8:00 p.m.

Surprise Door Prize!

Cash donations to the Food Bank welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Beth Kitts,
Membership Secretary NSH 

Photo Contest Results

At this year's AGM, which took place last Thursday, November 5, the attendance voted for the best pictures entered in the Club's Photo Contest. The contest ran for 5 months starting in June and was open to all club members submitting pictures taken on recent club trips. The winners are:
Bill Myrtle for "Grizzly Yearling", taken at Paradise Valley, Lake Louise area - ANIMALS category

Bengul Kurtar for "Snack Time", taken at Hat Mountain Lookout - PEOPLE category

Patricia Morris for "Fungus", taken at Hanes Valley - PLANTS category

Yvonne Price for "Larches in the Mist" and Bill Myrtle for "Into the Cloud", both taken at Mt. Frosty - SCENERY category



The winners will receive $100 each (the tied winners will split the prize) and their photos will be featured on our Facebook. All participants to the contest will be recognized at our club's Christmas party on December 10, when a slide show will be run to showcase all the pictures entered in the contest.

Based on the enthusiasm that the photo contest created in the club we will consider running it again next year. For this year's contest we had 12 participants  and hopefully next year we will have even more. Check our website for future announcements and keep taking those cameras on the club's hikes.

Cristina Jacob,

Photo Contest Organizer

NSH has changed its membership year dates

The membership year of 2015 will end Nov 30, giving members 2 more months before their membership expires. This will mean that your membership will still be valid at the AGM ( Nov 5) and you will be able to vote. So wait to November to renew your membership for 2016 to enjoy another great year of outdoor activities. The NSH membership year will be from Nov 30-Dec1 each year from now on.

Wonderful Summer Camp 2015

Wonderful hiking and great fun at our 2015 summer camp

For this year's week-long camp the club rented the entire hostel at Castle Junction, in Banff National park. Located mid way between Banff and Lake Louise, the hostel provided a great "base camp" for more than 20 hikes in the surrounding mountains.

For a detailed camp report by Sheila and Bill click here.

The club has already started planning for next year's camp. If you have a suggestion for a destination with great hikes let us know.

Cristina Jacobs

NSH Photo Contest


Photographs must be from a recent club trip and uploaded directly on our website. The full set of Rules of the contest can be accessed by clicking here after you (a current member) have logged on, and the instructions on how to upload can be found on the club's website under the "Members" menu after you have logged on.

In brief, one can make four photo submissions each month from now until the end of October. There will be a $100 prize awarded to the best picture in each of the four categories of the contest, PEOPLE, SCENERY, FLOWERS, ANIMALS, with all contestants being acknowledged for their participation. The club's members attending  the AGM in November will be the contest's "judge".

For any clarification on the contest's rules contact Cristina Jacob at and for uploading issues contact Ling Chan at


A Plaque honouring Janet Wright, a former NSH member

setting of Janet's plaque

A plaque honouring Janet Wright, 1940-2012, avid naturalist, hiker, and photographer, has been installed in Minnekhada Regional Park by Janet’s family and The Nature Trust of BC. The plaque is located on a post, in a sunny south facing spot overlooking the Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area. To visit the plaque, park in the Minnekhada Lodge parking lot. Take the Fern Trail until it deadends, then turn right to Addington Lookout. At the Nature Trust BC sign bear right and head downhill along the path towards the marsh. About 3/4s of the way down, just above the dyke, you will find Janet's memorial plaque to the left of the trail close to a large fir. Alternate route to the plaque: Walk through the yellow gate at the intersection where the road to Minnekhada Lodge meets Oliver Drive. You will then be on a flat path south of the park boundary (a continuation of Oliver Drive), which eventually turns left along the dike. At the end of the path, search in the bushes/trees straight ahead for some stone steps and a path leading up the hill; you will find the plaque a short distance up the path, on your right. Unfortunately, there are no parking spaces near the intersection of Oliver Drive and the road to Minnekhada Lodge.

Jane J. Srivastava

Wilderness First Aid Course being offered!

Spiritus Training is offering a series of Wilderness First Aid courses through UBC Recreation. The first weekend course is offered April 17-19, 2015 on the UBC campus.
It costs $235 and includes 3 year Red Cross WRFA certification with CPR level 3 and AED certification.

Details are given on the Spiritus website, but you can't actually register there.

Registration is through UBC Recreation:

As in the past, NHS members will be eligible for a $50 rebate if they volunteer to lead a trip in the following year. Consider taking a WFA course. Its a great way to feel more prepared while out in the great outdoors.

Writing for the Website: What you need to know

FREE WORKSHOP to be offered by a Communications Expert:

May 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Roundhouse Community Centre: 181 Roundhouse Mews, near Drake and Davie Streets in downtown Vancouver.

Refreshments will be served.

Through a fun and interactive discussion, learn how to write interesting and exciting trip reports and other news items for the NSH Website, and how to make our website attractive to non-members. Space is limited so register now: email